Class suspensions

Marikina suspends classes in all levels for a month

Bonz Magsambol
Marikina suspends classes in all levels for a month

RESCUE. Volunteers rescue a family as floodwaters rise in Nangka, Marikina, due to Typhoon Ulysses.

File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The class suspension from November 16 until December 16 covers both public and private schools

Marikina City is suspending classes in all levels, both in public and private schools, for a month to give way for the rehabilitation of the city after it was heavily affected by Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco).

The suspension began Monday, November 16, and will last until December 16.

“Ang mga kabahayan ay walang kuryente at walang tubig (Houses don’t have electricity and water supply yet). The modules are washed out. We need to reproduce,” Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro told Rappler in a phone interview.

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday said that it will replace learning modules damaged by the typhoon.

DepEd Director June Gudoy told reporters in a Viber message that the department will assist Marikina in streamlining its curriculum to catch up with the academic calendar.

Marikina was one of the cities hardest hit by Typhoon Ulysses when it battered parts of Luzon last week.

Marikina River rose to 22 meters on November 12 – higher than the 21.5–meter level it reached during Tropical Storm Ondoy in 2009. (READ: In Marikina, Typhoon Ulysses brings Ondoy flashbacks)

Marikina City, which is still recovering from the massive flooding caused by the typhoon, is under a state of calamity

In a memo dated Saturday, November 14, DepEd-National Capital Region said that class suspension is made by respective local government units. (READ: How do LGUs decide on localized class suspensions?)

Typhoon Ulysses killed at least 67 people and left billions of pesos in damaged houses, property, and crops. –

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Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.